05/28/15 9:38pm

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Two lanes to be CLOSED and ‘most buses’ will be banned.

The commute to Washington, D.C. for drivers, already one of the worst in the country, is about to get worse.

Via Dr. Gridlock

 The National Park Service, at the recommendation of the Federal Highway Administration, will close both curbside lanes and four feet of the adjoining sidewalk across the drawbridge of the Arlington Memorial Bridge prior to Friday morning’s rush hour, officials said Thursday. Officials also will post a 10-ton load limit across the entire length of the bridge, which effectively eliminates most bus traffic.

Officials said the lane closures will remain in effect until emergency repairs are complete — likely six to nine months.

Officials said during a routine annual inspection, Federal Highway Administration engineers found a corroded area that warranted further inspection. Follow-up evaluation found that secondary load-bearing support beams, located at the drawbridge span, are corroding at a faster rate than anticipated and no longer meet load-bearing standards.

Read more at this link.

(Photo by Mariordo (Mario Roberto Durán Ortiz) via Wikimedia Commons)

05/28/15 9:09pm

Phil_Cefaratti PortraitLongtime Alexandria resident and real estate broker, Phil Cefaratti, launches his campaign to run and win a seat on the Alexandria City Council as an Independent candidate on Saturday, May 30, 2015, from 3:00 to 5:00 pm, at Hunting Creek Steak, located at 1106 King Street, Alexandria,  Virginia 22314.

“I’m running for a seat on the Alexandria City Council as a winning voice who represents all residents across our great city without consideration for party politics: Democrats, Independents, and Republicans alike,” said Cefaratti.” As both a Realtor and broker of my own company, Potomac River, Realtors®, I see the continuing trend of parents who choose to move out of Alexandria as their children approach and reach school age. As a member of the Alexandria City Council, I will work with my fellow council members and the Alexandria City School Board to help reverse this trending parent-flight out of our great city. We can and must make our schools in Alexandria among the best in the Commonwealth. We must have parents choosing to move to and live in Alexandria because our schools are great.”

“With Potomac River, Realtors®, I work really hard to sell Alexandria every single day, showing both buyers and renters what our city has to offer its residents. As a taxpayer and business owner, I’m troubled at the rise in both residential and business taxes without a commensurate increase in services. Our burdensome debt puts great constraints on managing our budget and city services. When I am elected and a member of the Alexandria City Council, I will work with my fellow council members and city staff to aggressively increase operational efficiencies, focus on new opportunities that generate net profits where revenues will offset and exceed expenditures, and provide a strong and caring voice for Alexandrians that caters not to a political belief system, but rather, the overall good of Alexandria.”

05/28/15 8:16pm

An extraordinary home for rent in Alexandria, Virginia's Lynhaven neighborhood at 236 Wesmond Drive

This extraordinary 3 bedroom, 2 bath townhouse is for rent and located at 236 Wesmond Drive in the Lynhaven neighborhood of Alexandria, Virginia.

Via the listing

RENOVATED & BEAUTIFUL*STUNNING TOWNHOME IN HEART OF LYNHAVEN*UPDATED KITCHEN GOURMET KITCHEN*UPDATED BATHS*ENERGY EFFICIENT NEWER WINDOWS*NEWER ELECTRICAL WORK, HVAC & PLUMBING*HARDWOOD FLOORS THRU-OUT TOP 2 LVLS*REC RM CAN BE 3RD BEDROOM*EXCELLENT LOCATION, JUST BLOCKS FROM DEL RAY & POTOMAC YARDS! CLOSE TO SHOPPING, RESTAURANTS, & SO MUCH MORE!

Contact the Realtor at this link if you’re interested in more information about this property.

Looking for a home for rent or for sale in the Alexandria, Virginia area? Click this link to search our real estate listings.

If you have a home to sell or to rent in the Alexandria, Virginia area, consider putting it in front of the areas FASTEST growing audience. Click this link for details.

05/28/15 4:22pm

As readers knew would happen first, Ease Yoga & Cafe, Alexandria’s first yoga studio and eat-in café, is now open in the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria, Virginia at 3051 Mt. Vernon Avenue (They opened May 11).

They’re having a grand opening with a ribbon cutting to celebrate the opening of Del Ray’s newest healthy joint this Saturday, May 30 @ 9:00 AM (Ribbon cutting at 10:00 AM). See this link for more details on the grand opening celebration.

During the grand opening, you can get special FREE yoga classes all day long, try delicious and healthy Senzu Juicery samples, take studio tours and meet-and-greets with our new yoga instructors, enter social media contests for chances to win Ease Yoga & Cafe apparel, and more! Click this link for more information.

Ease owner, Tara Casagrande brings her popular yoga, meditation, fitness and wellness classes to the revitalized and vibrant section of historic Del Ray. Casagrande, a graduate of the renowned Nosara Yoga Institute in Costa Rica, has over 15 years of yoga experience and has been teaching privately in the area for the past five years.

Ease Yoga & Café offers yoga classes for all levels – from beginners to advanced enthusiasts. In addition to yoga, the studio offers classes in Chi Gong, Meditation, Children and Teen Yoga, Family Yoga, Infant Massage, and Men’s Stretch and Breathe classes. A licensed massage therapist will be on hand and the studio plans to host special monthly health, wellness, and cooking demonstrations.

Ease has partnered with Alexandria-based Senzu Juicery and will be serving up healthy smoothies, fresh-pressed juices, coffee and tea in their healthy cafe.

By doing so, Ease can also satisfy your appetite with vegetarian fare, including delicious soups, artisan sandwiches, homemade kale chips and other mouth-watering snacks. The 2600 square foot space boasts high ceilings and large windows that fill the café and studios with natural light. Indoor and outdoor seating at the comfortable, contemporary-styled café will provide the ideal spot to relax and catch up with friends before or after a great class.

See you at the grand opening!

05/28/15 3:39pm

Commercial Retail Space Available on King Street in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia at 815 King Street
This stretch of King Street gets A LOT of foot traffic and probably will get more once the Old Town Theater situation is resolved as the space is located right in the same block. This space used to house the Flying Fish Restaurant, which closed unexpectedly last month (see this link as well).

It should also be noted that the King Street retail vacancy rate is less than 3% and opportunities like this don’t come along very often.

Visit this link and/or call the number in the photo if you’re interested in this commercial retail space opportunity.

05/28/15 3:25pm

Mark your calendar partner, the Second Annual Food Truck Rodeo has set a date for Friday, June 5th from 11:00 AM to 8:00 PM in Alexandria, Virginia!

This year will be bigger and better with 10 food trucks, a watermelon eating contest, games for the kids, music and a beer and wine tent for the bigger cowboys and girls.

The event is sponsored by the DMV Food Truck Association and the West End Business Association. Plan on putting on your cowboy boots and joining the Food Truck Rodeo on the first Friday in June.

WEBA Food Truck Rodeo 2015 Save the Date 3-10-15

For more things to do in the Alexandria, Virginia area, click this link for our community events calendar.